Combining a comprehensive and careful treatment approach…
We believe in a multidisciplinary approach to neurosurgical care that is based on a thorough evaluation and adequate trial of non-operative treatment before recommending surgery. We work closely with referring physicians and other healthcare professionals (including neurologists, oncologists, pain management physicians, and physical therapists) to coordinate the care of our patients …that begins with you.
Our philosophy centers on providing patients with the knowledge base that will empower them to be active participants in their own care. From consultation to corrective treatment decisions, we strive to stay connected to you and the kind of care you receive. We also welcome you to ask questions. In fact, we expect you will. Below are answers to some of the commonly asked questions.
What is neurosurgery?
The field of neurosurgery focuses on the surgical management of disease processes that impact the nervous system and its supporting structures such as bone, ligaments, and blood vessels. Nervous system structures include the brain, spine, and peripheral nerves. The disease can negatively impact the nervous system. Disease processes that may require surgical intervention include degenerative conditions, trauma, infection, tumor, and developmental/congenital anomalies.
The clinical focus of our practice includes cranial (brain), cervical (neck), thoracic (mid-back), lumbar (lower back), sacroiliac, and peripheral nerve procedures designed to improve the quality of life of our patients.
Is surgery my only option?
Not necessarily. If you decide surgery is not right for you there are non-surgical options you can discuss with your healthcare provider. Non-surgical treatment options for the neck and back may include:
- Chiropractic Care
- Epidural Spinal Injections
- Physical Therapy
Will my doctor make the final decision?
You will always make the decision to have surgery. We will assist in your decision-making process by providing the necessary tools, resources and information to help you make an educated choice. Whichever kind of treatment you choose, it is important that you take ownership of this decision.
Keep in mind that several factors can help ensure that your decision leads to a successful outcome. These include:
- A confident, positive attitude
- A realistic goal, that you can work steadily to achieve
- Considering the limitations of your physical condition
What are the risks and benefits involved?
Since you will make the final decision, be sure to ask your healthcare provider questions. Since care is tailored to each person's needs, no single treatment option will be right for everyone. Seek the advice of your physician and other members of the health care team for specific information about your medical condition and the risks and benefits associated with each treatment.